Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Links round up

Lashings of Ginger Beer

Posted by Lashings of Ginger Beer

[TW for transphobia, child harm] Berlin Authorities Endorse Forced Psychiatric Treatment of a Transsexual Girl. This is just too horrible. You can sign a petition here.

[Trigger warnings for discussion of body image.]
 Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance
Ashley Judd pulls out the misogynist implications of media criticism of her appearance.
"I choose to address it because the conversation was pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture, to a greater or lesser degree, endure every day, in ways both outrageous and subtle. The assault on our body image, the hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality as we walk through the decades, and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about."

Dear DIVA: One Does Not Simply Justify Biphobia
DIVA published an article about biphobia amongst lesbians, and mercury_phoenix explains why this article is so problematic:

"In the article, bisexual women are encouraged to 'understand' the fear that grips lesbians when faced with dating non-monosexual women, lesbians are encouraged to air their views as to why they would not date a non-monosexual woman, and the given 'solution' is that bisexual woman will just have to work that little bit harder to prove their fidelity. "

 What Pirates! taught me about women
I (Annalytica) enjoyed the film Pirates! in spite of it's various failings, but Laura Woodhouse at the F-Word highlights some important respects in which its portrayal of women sucks.

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